Over 6,000 business people attend our events each year and Chamber events are established as one of the best networking providers in the region.
Networking is about building your contact base and should be viewed as a long term strategy not a short term sales pitch.
Use the back of your business card to describe how your product or service can help people in business
Sharpen up your conversational and listening skills
Ask open ended questions Who, What, Where, When, Why, How, Which, then listen
Network with a view to building relationships
Tell people about yourself in a powerful, positive and persuasive way, saying who you are and how you can help people in business
Plan your networking and work your plan
Make business friends, and keep an open mind to helping them
Word of mouth is a powerful medium and your business contacts are more likely to remember you when an opportunity comes along, if you are clear about your business benefits
Do your research - who is likely to be there and what do you wish to achieve?
Turn up early and ask the organisers for introductions if appropriate
Be prepared to give away free information, and share your experience
Introduce people to one another
Follow up, take business cards and write reinforcing your verbal message
Don’t be shy; it’s a business event so others will be open to you introducing yourself
Choose quality not quantity; the Chamber holds events at different interesting venues throughout the year, providing the perfect opportunity for our members to meet like minded local firms.